Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 11:11:57 -0400

From: Ron Butters RonButters[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: barefoot in the north

A contributor wonders:

Is it possible that the impulsive association of "barefoot and pregnant"

with the South comes not from supposed patriarchy but from the "barefoot"

component? How could you possibly keep a woman barefoot in the North?

Well, now, how could you "keep someone barefoot" in Georgia in the winter?

And why couldn't you "keep someone barefoot" in Ohio in the summer (and

pregnant in the winter)? The weather in "Appalachia," which the original

contributor guessed must be the "cultural" source of the invidious phrase, is

no different from the weather in much of the midwest.

A genereous try, here, but it won't cover up the "impulsive" bigotry of the

original classist, racist, Yankee cultural arrogance!